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Kampl predicts Salzburg success after Celtic win

FC Salzburg winger Kevin Kampl says his side can go far in the UEFA Europa League after an impressive win at Celtic FC, who paid for a slow start according to Stefan Johansen.

Kevin Kampl (right) of Salzburg pays close attention to Celtic's James Forrest
Kevin Kampl (right) of Salzburg pays close attention to Celtic's James Forrest ©AFP/Getty Images

Salzburg clinch Group D with 3-1 win at Celtic and Kevin Kampl sure they can go far
• Coach Adi Hütter enjoys "first win for an Austrian team in Scotland"
Stefan Johansen disappointed with Celtic's slow start
Home keeper Craig Gordon consoles himself with qualification from group
Next games: Dinamo Zagreb v Celtic, Salzburg v Astra (11 December)

Kevin Kampl, Salzburg midfielder
It was unbelievable to play in this stadium in front of these fans. They are a very big club and it was amazing to play here, so we are very happy to win this game and finish top of our group. We always play with pressure and we want to start games quickly and tonight we are very happy that our plan worked. Celtic are a good team though and they pushed us back in the second half, but we made it comfortable with that third goal at the end.

With the fans behind them, Celtic will always have a good spell, so for our young team it is not easy, but we are very happy we scored the third goal as there was a lot of pressure on us in the second half. If we do not get too carried away we can go quite far in the Europa League, but we have to go from round to round and see where it takes us. We have a very young team and now we have to see who we get in the draw. We lost to Basel last season because they had more experience and I hope we do not make the same mistake this time.

Adi Hütter, Salzburg coach
It wasn't too easy for us. We started well and pressed high and switched well – and quickly. It's the first win for an Austrian club in Scotland and we wanted to top the group. It was wonderful being at Celtic Park and we had to fight at the end. But it was a deserved victory against a great European team.

Stefan Johansen did give Celtic hope
Stefan Johansen did give Celtic hope©Getty Images

Ronny Deila, Celtic manager
We started very poorly and conceded two easy goals and I didn't feel well after 15 minutes when were two down, but we showed courage to get back in the game. I am proud we really attacked them but we couldn't get the equaliser and then they got the third goal. 

We met a modern football team in my opinion – they are unbelievably hard-working, very direct and if we can handle this we can handle the Champions League third[-placed] teams as well. The best team has gone through – they have showed themselves to be a very good team and we have been the second-best team. We are very happy to get through but we wanted to win and get through ourselves. I think Salzburg are a very good football team. Every time they went into attack I felt threatened and I knew they were going to be as good.

Stefan Johansen, Celtic midfielder
I think the first 20, 25 minutes were bad from us. We were 2-0 down early in the game and after that we started to get better. We scored a goal before half-time and we dominated the second half but we couldn't get the ball in the net again. In the end we had to push people forward and we were caught with a third goal.

It finished 3-1 but the first 25 minutes was where we lost the game and made it difficult for ourselves. We should never have conceded those two easy goals. We need to be ready for the game from the first whistle and I think that was our problem tonight. We wanted to go through by winning the game but Astra beat Zagreb and did us a favour. It is good for us that we are now through but personally I am still disappointed we did not win that game.

Craig Gordon, Celtic goalkeeper
We are glad to get through. It is disappointing we didn't manage to do it by ourselves but we have done enough in the other games to get through and that was the main objective, so job done. The second half was a lot better. The game could have gone either way and it was a case of small margins between two teams who were evenly matched.

They had a great start and we knew they would come at us and we didn't handle it. That's what they are good at – they start games quickly and put you under pressure. The rest of the game we coped quite well but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb right at the start.